The most powerful solar flare since April has unexpectedly erupted, causing radio blackouts across the sunlit side of the earth at this time. Sunspot group AR9591 unleashed the flare at 12:45PM Eastern Daylight Time today. The explosion also sent a brilliant coronal mass ejection into space. However, the CME is not heading directly toward earth, although it might touch us on Sunday or Monday.

The flare emitted in April was the most powerful ever seen. The current flare is still under measurement, but it is an X5 flare, the strongest type observed.

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